This gadget has me hooked on hot chocolate — even in the summer


Hot chocolate is probably the last thing on your mind right now considering the sweltering heat we’re enduring. You’ll likely be much more interested in knowing how to make an iced coffee, and I wouldn’t blame you. But, I recently stumbled across a device which makes such good hot chocolate, I’ve been drinking it despite the heatwaves — it’s that good. 

It produces thick and delicious results in a matter of minutes and takes minimal effort. Plus it can do much more than hot chocolate; iced lattes and chocolate martinis are literally just a button’s push away. As a result, my partner and I are hooked and we can’t get enough of it. Here’s what happened. 

Hot chocolate in the summer — are we crazy?   

The machine which has become our latest obsession is none other than the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser ($149, Hotel Chocolat (opens in new tab)). On the face of it, $149 might seem like a steep price for a hot chocolate maker, and I have to agree with you. In fact, we only purchased it because we found it on sale likely due to the time of year. We had nearly purchased it previously, but could never quite take the plunge.  

The Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser in charcoal with a sachet of hot chocolate

(Image credit: Future)

However, I’m pleased we decided to treat ourselves in the end, sale or not. The quality of the hot chocolate and the machine itself is impressive. It’s about the size of a milk frother and sits on a small base which powers it like an electric kettle. A handle protrudes from the jug, which you use to tip and dispense the hot chocolate and there’s a single button on the side of the base to power it. It’s available in four colors: copper, charcoal, white and platinum, giving it a sophisticated finish. The design feels premium too — the body is crafted from metal, the lid seals itself into place and the whisk within is magnetized. 

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